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Dig into delicious Sicilian cuisine by taking this fun 5-hour cooking class at a Restaurant in central Taormina. With a professional Sicilian chef by your side, learn about the history of the regional cuisine and prepare a lush 3-course meal. Visit the outdoor market to purchase ingredients and then head back to the restaurant to begin cooking and, eventually, eating.


  • 5-hour Taormina cooking class including market visit and wine tasting
  • Visit Taormina open market and help select fresh produce to cook with
  • Learn about Sicilian food and regional sauces like pesto di pistacchi from a local chef
  • Prepare three courses featuring meat, fish, pasta and local vegetables
  • Savor your creations at the end of the class along with samples of local red and white wine

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It’s a real test of willpower to wait until the class finishes before eating! The wait is worth it though; sitting down at the end of the session to savor your creations with a glass of Sicilian wine is my favorite bit.

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What You Can Expect

Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

Select fresh fruit and vegetables at Taormina's open market!

Meet up with your host and professional chef near Porta Messina in the historical center of Taormina and begin your day of indulging in the cuisine of Sicily. Walk around the outdoor food market, taking in the various fruits and vegetable and listening to the food sellers yell out their goods for potential buyers. Aide the chef in picking out ingredients for your meal and discuss what makes the perfect seasonal ingredient for the meal.

Then walk to nearby restaurant to begin the next phase of the day: cooking. Strap on an apron and get ready to create a delicious meal. Learn about the unique landscape and soil of Sicily that breeds excellent vegetables; that the volcanic soil is the ideal fertile dirt in which to grow veggies. And learn how the waters around Sicily produces some of the most delicious seafood in the Mediterranean.

Chop vegetables. Make pasta. And sear meat and fish. While the menu changes regularly based on what's in season, expect dishes like Parmigiana di melanzane (baked eggplant, layered with tomato and Parmesan) or pasta al pesto di pistacchi – pasta with a pesto sauce made from pistachio nuts.

When the cooking is complete, pull up a seat to a table in the restaurant to devour your delicious meal. Wash it down with some locally made wine. The cooking and eating experience finishes after you've eaten and sampled some local wine. Before heading out of the restaurant, receive a certificate that you completed the course.

Customer Reviews

Giuseppe E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Mimmo and Francesca are GREAT! nice atmosphere and good food.

Jlyuppa United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This cooking class was amazing! Stefano was excellent - so kind, generous, and helpful! We started off at the market and then went on to the restaurant to begin the cooking portion of the class. It was very hands on! So interesting to see all the different ways the food is prepared. There was food and wine available to us throughout the class. Once all the cooking was complete, we then sat down to enjoy all of the food we prepared. TONS of food! Everything was delicious! They even gave us leftovers to take back with us. And the other people on the tour made it even more enjoyable. Shortly after the class, Stefano emailed everyone the recipes which made it even better! I would highly recommend this class to anyone!

John j. B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an excellent experience. Going to the market we learned so much about buying fresh vegetables and fish. We cooked, learned so much and ate the wonderful foods that we prepared. This is a must do. Immortal and his family were the best. We will never forget this experience.

Victoria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Dominic was sensational! My husband and I had the best afternoon cooking and interacting with the class. Dominic made it fun and informative and his families restaurant is definitely a spot we will be returning to on our next trip to Taormina. Two thumbs up. Ps - a lot of food! Come hungry!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was an amazing experience ! Loved every minute of it. Porto Messina restaurant and our chef were the best. We had no idea what to expect when we booked this tour four friends traveling to Sicily and it far exceeded our expectations. What a fun day !

mercedes b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The cooking class we took in Taormina was awesome! Our chef met with us and immediately took us to the local market where he spoke about the meal we were going to prepare. He gave us a lesson on the local produces, meats, and seafood. After we selected our produce and fish, we went to the restaurant and started our cooking class. Dominic's mother was there to assist us with the cooking class. We learned how to make their local version of Sicilian Eggplant dish called caponata, homemade tomato sauce, and several types of pasta. The four-hour class went quickly because you were in engage in every aspect of the class. We were also able to sample their local wines. I would highly recommend to class to anyone who is thinking about visiting Taormina.

Chantal W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic. Stefano led us a short distance to a narrow alley that brought us to the fresh markets where he showed us the fish and incredibly fragrant and colourful fruit and vegetables of the land. Back to the restaurant to sample the fresh seasonal fruits we had just gotten, before hitting the hot bricks of the pizza oven to make breads and pizzas like a local.
All the kitchen staff were enthusiastic and friendly, helping us to understand and appreciate their food. participating in the professional Kitchen production was like being part of the family - then we got to eat everything we made. Sensational morning and mum and I will treasure the memories forever.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An enjoyable, entertaining and instructive experience with Mimo and his family. Mimo is passionate about Sicilian food and cooking and was eager to answer our questions and to volunteer details about the food he showed us and bought at the market and how it was to be cooked.
We had a great time preparing and cooking the lunch with Francesca, his expeienced chef mother, and Bianca, his apprentice 10 year old daughter - it was all great fun yet educational. This was serious instruction and I really copped it for my heavy handed use of pepper....
Even more serious was to sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labour cabonata, hand made macaronni with tomato and basil sauce, and rolled fish fillets in savoury breadcrumbs with lemon - the fish was the local delicacy the extraordinary long, thin, silver spatula - just delicious! All washed down with an excellent DOC Etna Insolia white wine.
Just do it!
Buon appetito

gracie h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an amazing experience. I was able to learn a great deal about selecting the best ingredients for a meal. Cooking with the kids just made it even more fun. I had a really wonderful couple who I cooked with and enjoyed the morning too. Thank you so much to the family and viator for allowing me the opportunity to learn and enjoy my own great meal.

Domenick C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

If you book ONE thing in Taormina it
needs to be this! Mimo takes to the local market, explains what you and #39;ll be making and the ingredients you and #39;ll be using. Then, at his restaurant you meet the other star of the day, his mother Francesca. She and #39;s the epitome of a Sicilian Mom. A MUST DO!

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